Moscow-born, Manchester-raised songwriter, Shura brought her talents to Skyway Theatre in Minneapolis for her last night on tour with M83, pushing her new album, Nothing’s Real. Accompanied by drummer Ally Wilkinson and guitarist Luke Saunders, Shura performed an eight-song set filled with soft, dreamy vocals and steady, electronic beats.
She captivated the audience with songs such as “What Happened to Us?”, “Touch” and “2Shy,” begetting the feeling of longing for a lost love. It’s easy to get worn down with the hundreds of indie pop singers attempting to recreate 80’s nostalgia, however, the emotionally charged, passionate performance of Shura is what really sets her apart from the rest.
Her music video for her tune, “What’s It Gonna Be?” is the stereotypical highschool storyline, with an unexpected twist, where she exposes her sexuality as a lesbian. “It’s about having a massive crush on someone, so it made sense to go back to school where it all began. It was important for us to explore those archetypal characters – The Jock, The Nerd, The Dork, The Popular Kid, then flip expectations. ‘What’s It Gonna Be?’ is based on my personal experience as a kid; thinking you’re in love but then realising it may be only because you feel you should be (and ending up with someone you didn’t expect).” – Shura